Browsing All posts tagged under »Kyoto Protocol«

China’s Carbon Intensity reduction Plan

August 16, 2011 by


China’s official newspaper China Daily recently reported that China would soon release detailed plans to achieve the goal of reduction of carbon intensity. The plans would address the short-term goal of reducing carbon intensity by 17% over 2005 levels by 2015 and a medium-term goal of 40-45% reduction by 2020. National Development and Reform Commission, […]

2010 – A Record Year for CO2 Emission

June 1, 2011 by


Global energy-related CO2 emission reached an all time high in 2010, threatening the international goal to limit global warming to within 2⁰C. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), 30.6 billion tonnes of emission was released in 2010 which was 5 per cent higher than in 2008, the previous record year. Fatih Birol, an IEA […]

Global emission exceeds Kyoto targets

May 17, 2011 by

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A study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (PNAS) has shown that developed nation’s GHG emission reduction has been outpaced by the emission in developing nations. This growth in emission was partially attributed to the growing imports from developing countries. With an increase in consumption-based manufacturing and non energy intensive manufacturing […]

Carbon Tax – Australia

February 25, 2011 by


The Australian Government recently announced a proposal to introduce carbon tax on Australia’s largest emitters of Greenhouse Gases (GHGs) . Australia cannot afford to lag behind other developed nations in reducing its emissions.  This proposal was designed by the Multi-Party Climate Change Committee (MPCCC). Agreed to by the government and the Greens, the proposal sets […]

India: Climate Change Negotiations – Outside-in view

January 25, 2011 by


Introduction The Copenhagen Accord, though not a legally binding agreement reached between the parties, was the ‘ Common Minimum’  that could be achieved amidst the high tension and difficult bargaining positions. The accord called on Annex I countries to make their climate change pledges, and the Annex II countries to identify their nationally appropriate mitigation […]

International climate change litigation – what lies ahead?

January 25, 2011 by

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In the situations created by climate change, the stakes are high and the options for tackling future cross-border effects of actions today or in the past are limited and twisted. The Kyoto Protocol commitments expire in 2012. The question arises – will the international climate change litigation be able to push governments towards any binding […]

Aircraft GHG emissions under EU-ETS : Regulations in making

January 25, 2011 by


International emissions from aviation transport are excluded from the targets set for developed countries by the Kyoto Protocol and the UNFCCC. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has been given the responsibility to tackle the issue under the Kyoto Protocol. It is only recently that the ICAO had been able to reach agreement on binding […]